Responding to Disasters

  • Elena PedeEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)


The chapter critically examines the contemporary structure of risk management by drawing on resilience perspective. Usually, disaster risk studies and emergency management are rooted in the PPRR chain (prevision, prevention, response and recovery) in which each step includes several actions, and competences are laid down by law. Its emphasis is on identifying exposure and vulnerability to risk and on bouncing back to normalcy. The result is a rigid process in which there is great attention given to the more predictable types of events and impacts, while less consideration is given to the interactions among actors across multiple scales and time frames. Network and cooperative relationships are taken for granted, even if they include a large number of actors with different skills. The central argument of the chapter is the key role that knowledge production, implementation and dissemination and the learning processes have in building resilience. The first part of the chapter analyses the multiple levels and sectors of interventions of the PPRR chain, illustrating the cross-scale challenges; while the second part problematises the integration of diverse disciplines knowledge and the role of collaborative knowledge production in a resilience approach.


PPRR chain Emergency management Competences Knowledge systems Collaborative knowledge production Social learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and PlanningPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly

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